I Cry For My Trees

Abby Zimet

A day after federal energy officials gave their go-ahead in an eminent domain ruling, chainsaw crews working for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. began felling the first of hundreds of trees on the 60-acre New Jersey property of George Feighner, 86, whose home sits in the path of a new pipeline through Pennsylvania and New Jersey that would run in a destructive route Feighner calls "divorced from reality." Feighner, who said he felt "sick to my stomach" when he first heard the chainsaws, has been fighting over a year against the pipeline, which is the project of a subsidiary of the Tar Sands lead company. In a cruel, Not-In-My-Backyard irony, Feighner worked for two decades as a chemist in the oil industry. He and three environmental groups still have outstanding federal appeals, but he doesn't have much hope: "Too much, too old." Activists locked themselves to a project gate nearby in a related protest. Tearful video.

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